Monday, August 11, 2008

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford


The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a Western drama film directed by Andrew Dominik who adapted from Ron Hansen's 1983 novel. Brad Pitt portrayed Jesse James and Casey Affleck as Robert Ford. The film contains representations of historical figures, it notably dramatizes the relationship between James and Ford.

"He had seen another summer under
in Kansas City, Missouri, and on
September fifth, in the year 1881,
he was thirty-four years old.

The film tells the story of Robert Ford, a seemingly insecure man seen as a coward by those around him. He has grown up idolizing the outlaw Jesse James. He finds James in Missouri and joins his gang, taking part in a train robbery.

Gradually, he forms a complex love/hate relationship with James, still admiring him to the point of obsession, but also becoming resentful and somewhat fearful due to James' bullying nature. Even after the gang members have gone their separate ways after the last train robbery, Jesse James takes to calling in on his old gang, killing some of them and terrorizing the relatives of others.

Ford ends up shooting Wood Hite after he comes to the house looking for Dick Liddil. Wood and Dick had a falling out because Dick defiled Wood's father's wife in Kentucky. In the resulting gunbattle, Ford shoots Wood in the head just as he is about to do the same to Dick.

Jesse not knowing Ford and his brother Charles are hired to arrest James by Governor Crittenden. This is not as easy a task as it seems: Charles is too scared of Jesse to raise his gun against him and Jesse proves on more than one occasion that he is never out of reach of his guns. Even when he appears to be asleep, he can awaken at a moment upon hearing the sound of a gun drawn or footsteps. Given these circumstances, Robert decides killing him would be safer.

On the day of the shooting, both Ford boys wrestle with task they have been given, especially Charlie. Robert notices a paper on the couch with the headline "The Arrest and Confession of Dick Liddil" and hides it under a cushion from Jesse. Jesse finds the paper and reads about how he was caught three weeks before and asks Robert if he was in the area.

There seem to be some silent thought as if he knows that his time has come that, Jesse takes his gun belt off. He notices a dusty picture on the wall then watches in the reflection of the picture as Ford draws his gun and shoots him from behind.

Ain't that picture look dusty

This is a very good film to watch! Slow and thoughtful, you can feel and imagine as if you were there! I have watched it like three times or more.. One of my favorite film of the century!

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